Tyler Murphy is set to make his first career start for the 20th-ranked Florida Gators Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats, and there’s no lack of anticipation from the junior quarterback.
“I’ll have butterflies,” Murphy said. “I’ll be anxious to get out there and complete my first pass.”
That’s an understatement.
Murphy, who came in for the injured Jeff Driskel, went 8-14 for 134 yards and 1 touchdown against Tennessee last Saturday. But that was unexpected. For the first time in his career at Florida, Murphy has had to wait all week to take the first snap on a Saturday.
“Once I get hit, I think I’ll be fine,” he said. “But I don’t think it (anxiety) will be as bad as this week.”
Murphy also indicated he and wide receivers coach (and former Kentucky head coach) Joker Phillips will convene to break down the coach’s former team.
“He knows their weaknesses and strengths,” said Murphy. “I think it’s really important to pick his brain and get an insight about how he feels about the players.”
Coming into the first night game of the season for the Gators, Murphy knows the matchup will be another SEC showdown.
“I know this week Kentucky is going to be well-prepared for, if things do go wrong, I’m going to try to do things with my feet,” said Murphy. “We’re really going to have to focus on finding ways to attack them through the air.”